Brazilian international midfielder Felipe Melo has apparently rid himself of his aspirations to play in the Premier League by claiming that he only wants a return to Serie A, according to the Daily Express.
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The 31-year-old had previously stated a proclivity for playing in the English top flight, citing a move to Liverpool or Chelsea as his preferred destination.
However, the Galatasaray star has now had a change of heart, and has stated that he would like to make a return to the Italian top flight, where he featured for Juventus between 2009-2013.
He also turned out for Fiorentina before the switch to Turin, but recently he has highlighted his excellent relationship with Roberto Mancini prompting speculation that he could be harbouring hopes of linking up with Inter Milan this summer.
“I’ve exchanged text messages with Roberto,” Melo told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“They were to say good luck, nothing more. However, apart from the friendship which binds us, I’d like to work with him again.
“He’s a legend, he’s won everywhere and to be trained by a big manager like him is the ultimate. He’s serious and meticulous about everything, and he’s scrupulous on a tactical level.
“I’d go back to Italy, but it depends who wants me. I still have a home in Turin, but I often go to Milan to shop, my family would be delighted.”
“I have been approached by English clubs when I played at Juve,” he said back in February. “I do not close the door.
“If an offer arrives and it is good for me and Galatasaray, why not?
“Arsenal wanted me to come in 2009 when I was at Fiorentina.
“Juve paid nearly 25 million euros (£18.5m) to pay my release clause and I signed there.
“I love Chelsea because I’m a big fan of Jose Mourinho. I appreciate Liverpool because they have great fans.”
Melo featured under Mancini at Galatasaray before the Italian made a return to Inted over the summer.